To introduce the tradition we would be studying today, no other day could have highlighted the irony more than 14th Feb. You’ll see my point in a while. Today when the couples are going all mushy and the singles just showing their enthusiasm wearing red, I guess I’ll just type away talking about a perfect blend of love and respect to match the day. Here’s the hadith-
Narrated Abu Huraira:
“Allah’s Apostle said, “By Him in Whose Hands my life is, none of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father and his children.”
You must have noticed this that the Prophet (SAW) swears by Allah to emphasize on the importance of the statement being made. When you love a person, you stop asking questions, you don’t counter argue, you give them the utmost preference, you’re like “yes!” all the time, you come up with new ideas to please them, they’re on your mind 24/7,… do I need to go on describing love today?
Loving the Prophet (SAW) the most would mean getting to know more about him, following his teachings- (taking them as they are and not adding anything to them), trying to be exactly like him, and when given an option you choose to copy him hands down, etc. So all you red-pink folks out there, do you see what that means? Snap out of the Valentine spirit! What I don’t get is: why do we exchange values for trash? We’ve got the best of everything, best religion, an excellent role model, the most glorious history, the highest status, and above all, an invincible Book, so where are we heading to?
Now keeping the Valentine aspect out of it, let’s look at this hadith again. Note that the Hadith talks about parents and children, the people we love the most (generally). Giving preference to the Prophet (SAW) over them is really hard. Don’t get it wrong here. It’s not on rebellion. If your parents or your kids or anyone else for that matter, asks you to do something which is against the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) then you should know where to draw the line. This is real love: Living the Prophetic traditions! 🙂
This reminds me, 12th RabiulAwwal is around the corner, and the mosque-speakers have started blaring already. Do you honestly think this is the right way to “express our love” to the Prophet? -Not really bothered about following the Sunnah but fixing a day for singing praises- which he never asked us to do- and no one got around to doing it in his time either? I’ll leave you to think over it.
PS: To trace the roots of this day and to know how halal celebrating Valentine is, Check this link.